When is the “psychedelic soul” revival coming? Call it what you will but
this is a genre that really needs to be more pronounced. Black Merda had
two releases in 1970 and 1972, combined here. Mississippi mud steeped in the shadows of Motown with a healthy dose of homage a Hendrix, this is a
killer. Great liner notes are worth a read, and evidently the surviving
members are still gutting it out to this day. Part of me wants to review
this double dip in more important civil rights tones, but really this is
just a righteous rock album with fantastic funk flavor at times. Anytime
you get that exhorting kind of manly vocal often teamed in chorus with
a party vibe, that feels so good. Toss in a bassline that has more than
enough “uhhhh” and then let the brothers work it out on guitar (and I
mean biological brothers as well), Anthony and Charles Hawkins are
super tasteful here, from the fuzz to the weep to the blitz to the
more subdued acoustic jangle. Hell if I know why these guys weren’t
huge, I hear a track like “Long Burn the Fire” or the almost asiatic
blues over crunch on “The Folks from Mother’s Mixer”, mighty mighty!
Loop the first few bars of “Prophet” and sell that as a wonderdrug.
A lot of diversity on here as well, I just happen to dig the numbers
that bring the hammer.
Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on
May 3, 2007 at 3:29 pm
Filed as CD,Soul
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